FAIRTRADE – OUR CONTRIBUTION
We are proud to be the first in the world to offer Fairtrade and organic condiments . How is it that we are the first to offer this? It was definitely not an easy job to acquire the right raw materials and to develop the recipes for our tasty sauces without flavor enhancers. It has required a lot of effort, hard work, and also some idealism.
FAIRTRADE IMPACTS ENTIRE COMMUNITIES
The Fairtrade premium has not only a positive effect on the individual small-scale farmer. Often benefits the whole community. The premium benefits the infrastructure and contribute to increased wages in whole communities. Fairtrade premium leads thus indirectly to that fewer young people choose to leave the countryside for the city because they could not visualize a bright agricultural future.
We are proud that Fairtrade - and thereby us included - contributes to better working conditions, better wages, and fair conditions for people in the countries from where we obtain our raw materials.
For these reasons, we work with Fairtrade certified cooperatives from around the world, who all care about providing a brighter future for the small-scale farmers and their families. Some of these cooperatives, we wish to introduce to you:
FAIRTRADE-TURMERIC FROM SOUTHERN INDIA:
The small-scale farmers in South India found themselves in a downward spiral. The revenue of rice was very low and expensive pesticides and fertilizer had to be purchased. Income did not exceed expenses and the farmers had to take loans which lead to debts with interest rates of up to 60%. The pesticides also led to problematic conditions in the airways of he workers and skin diseases.
In 2001, Manarcadau Social Service Society (MASS) came up with the brilliant idea that paved the way for farmers to convert to organic farming and products could be diversified. 900 of the total of 1500 MASS farmers now grow turmeric. Since 2008, MASS is also certified by Fairtade. The Fairtrade premium funds additional health supplies as well as scholarships for talented students. A portion of the premium did earlier go to the construction of a processing plant.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MASS
FAIRTRADE CANE SUGAR FROM MAHARASHTRA, INDIA:
India - the land of brilliant colors. That is at least how it is advertised. India can also be flat, dry, dusty and relentlessly hot. The state of Maharashtra is a prime example of all this. Approximately 17,000 farm families live here. They mostly grow cane sugar. A constant problem is the nine-month drought.
The cane sugar initiative Suminter ensures that the majority of farmers could switch to profitable farming. In addition, 500 of these farmers have also received the Fairtrade certification. With the premium and fairer wages, they could afford a more efficient irrigation system, which has benefited the farmers. The initiative has significantly improved infrastructure in this part of the country and has also helped creating new jobs.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUMINTER
FAIRTRADE-BANANA PUREE FROM ECUADOR:
The by small-scale farmers democratically led cooperative El Guabo from the province of El Oro is a prime example of a grassroots movement. The cooperative was formed in 1997 by 14 small-scale farmers. They took the big risk to bypass the middleman and send off a banana container to be sold directly in Europe.
The risk paid off. Today there are 320 in El Guabo banana farmers who provide jobs for a total of 430 employees. The fair wages do not only lead to a better life for the individual; the Fairtrade premium of about $1 per container (about 20 kg) promotes education, health-, and age care as well as infrastructure in the region.